Aside from the verdict from the Hinckley trial, the public’s view on the insanity defense is not altogether accurate. There’s a misconception that criminals who use this type of reasoning as a plea can evade punishment. When it comes to the use of the insanity defense, only about one percent of criminals use this type of justification. By using the insanity defense, the criminal is admitting they are guilty of the crime however they are requesting a not guilty verdict based on the state of mind they were in at the time of the crime. This can get tricky for a defendant because if not proven mentally ill, they will be found guilty and usually endure a harsher sentencing for the crime.
For example, “’When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness sake. … but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles ‘em’” (116). This shows he is a good parent because he does not run in circles, as Uncle Jack was doing in the scene before with Scout. It is evident he does not believe in dodging difficult questions his children may have. My second example is, “’What’s rape?’ I asked him that night … and said rape was carnal knowledge of a female by force and without consent” (180).
Readers first observe this whenever Amir secretly stands and watches Hassan get raped by the bully, Assef. He didn’t intervene because he knew Assef would do the same to him and his main goal was not to let Assuf see him. Another example of this is whenever Amir hides money in Hassam's bed to make it seems as if he was stealing. His goal was to get Hassan kicked out of his home. As Amir grows older, his childhood secrets divulged and he begins to feel guilty for what he did to Hassan.
Schoenborn not criminally responsible for the murder of his children is undisputable and an appropriate decision based on the evidence and the administration’s objectives. The actus reus of the case cannot be disputed, as the accused confessed to the crime and both the defence and the crown agree that Mr. Schoenborn killed his children. However, the mental element of the crime is arguable, as the possibility of Mr. Schoenborn being in a psychotic state during the time of the offence is high. The evidence to support the fact that he did not form the mens rea of the crime can be derived from his history of mental illness as well as the evidence given by Ms. Clarke that he was a good and caring father. This demonstrates that he greatly cared for his children and their safety but was prone to having psychotic episodes that muddled his mind and led him to commit dangerous and unusual acts.
He knows that what he did is wrong. He hides the murder from the police because he knows that he will be thrown in jail as a result of the crime. A criminally insane person would not know that what they did is wrong, and wouldn’t have anything to hide. The murderer’s words clearly show that he is a heartless killer because he is very careful to cover up the murder by making the police believe his
My theory is he never felt accepted and after failing in college he was confused on what to do. This man in my option wasn’t insanity but wanted revenge and attention. On July 20,2012 he wanted the world to know who he was and what he was capable of
In the end, I ran.” (Hosseini 77). Amir obviously shook by seeing his best friend raped, did not know how to react in the situation. Therefore, his fight or flight instincts kicked in and he ran off still in a state of shock. Perhaps the reason he never told Hassan was that he felt guilty that he did not do anything for him but ran. Even then, he just acted even worse than before, not changing for the better but for the worse.
Amir’s particular body language shows that he wants this deed to be seen by no one. Thus, glancing towards either direction to make sure that ‘the coast is clear’. He deprives Hassan and Ali from the house they have served faithfully for a long time, thereby stealing the truth from Hassan and depriving them of a home they knew well. Amir is driven by both the greed for his father’s attention and the guilt of being helpless when Hassan was raped. The reason why he couldn’t remain under the same roof as Hassan was because he felt guilty that he hadn’t tried to stop the rape and save his friend.
Simone Jerome of Leopold Street, Georgetown relates his trials as a homosexual, "street harassment is just as bad when we pass and can be even worse and definitely different when we fail to pass the perpetrator/ perpetrators". Jerome in his earlier years of growing up had no knowledge of gender-based harassment. However, with maturity, Jerome finally became aware of the prejudice that is attached to being a Homosexual. According to Jerome, “as a child and a teenager, it was heavily based on hatred and disapproval of femininity, so all of the abuse and harassment I encountered was certainly gender base, but it wasn’t sexual”. “This was due to the fact that I only rarely wore women clothing and hairstyles to portray me as a young woman.” However,
Society believe when males have a high tendency to feel sexual pleasure, they can not control themselves and will force another individual into sexual conducts in order to satisfy their urge. This common belief was believed by many in the novel Atonement. For instance, when Briony made the accusation with zero evidence that Robbie had raped a young teenager named Lola, inspectors concluded that he did indeed rape Lola based on this belief. Surprisingly, she had no actual evidence to prove it in her testimony. The family and inspectors were able to believe